This paper describes the design and performance of a broad-band driver amplifier for 40-Gb/s noreturn-to-zero system applications. The function of the amplifier is to raise the output from a multiplexer (nominally 0.4 V peak to peak) to a level of ∼5 Vp-p,which is suitable to drive a GaAs-based Mach-Zehnder optoelectronic modulator. The amplifier module contains two GaAs pseudomorphic high-electron mobility transistor traveling-wave MMICs fabricated on a 0.2-µm gate process. The design issues relating to the specific requirements of a modulator driver amplifier and the techniques to resolve them are described.


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